Mathew Barzal

Seattle Thunderbirds forward Justin Hickman (9) defends as Royals defenseman Ryan Gagnon (3) skates with the puck in the T-Birds' zone Tuesday. Hickman provided a goal and two assists while transitioning to center in a 5-4 Seattle win. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Hickman Moves To Center For T-Birds

Down their top two centers in Mathew Barzal (lower body) and Alexander True, the latter competing in the 2014 World Junior Challenge for Team Denmark, the Thunderbirds moved captain Justin Hickman to the center position on their top line.

1090 The Fan–12/17/2014

Thunderbirds forward Keegan Kolesar (28) skates to the net in a game against Spokane in November. Kolesar has two goals and two assists in his last two games. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Keegan Kolesar Turning Heads For Thunderbirds

After his poor rookie campaign, there was almost zero buzz surrounding the forward from Winnipeg, Manitoba. Two short months have changed that. The word is out, and it would be more surprising now if Kolesar weren’t a high-round selection in the 2015 NHL Draft.

1090 The Fan–12/11/2014

Tri-City goaltender Eric Comrie (far right) looks through defenders Tyler Morrison (5) and Riley Hillis (3) for the puck in the first period of Friday's game. Seattle scored three early goals and held on for a 3-1 win. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Early Goals Help Thunderbirds Cruise Past Americans

Friday’s victory came on the heels of a dominant 4-1 win over Spokane Sunday when the team opened a 2-0 lead. Suddenly, Seattle (12-12-2-2) has won three of its last four after losing five of six.

1090 The Fan–12/06/2014

Thunderbirds forward Ryan Gropp (12) contends for the puck against Tri-City defenseman Riley Hillis (3) Friday. Gropp had a goal and an assist in Seattle's 3-1 win. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Scouts See Good Game From T-Birds’ Gropp

Seattle’s 6-foot-2 leading scorer entered Friday’s contest with 12 goals and 10 assists through 27 games. He now has 13 goals and 11 assists for a six-point advantage over the Thunderbirds’ next leading scorer.

1090 The Fan–12/06/2014

Thunderbirds forward Keegan Kolesar (28) lies on the ice in front of Kootenay goaltender Wyatt Hoflin Saturday. Kolesar and the T-Birds fell 5-2 to the Ice. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

T-Birds Iced By Surging Kootenay

Riding an emotional 3-2 win over the Silvertips, Seattle (10-12-2-2) opened a four-game homestand with a flat performance against the Ice. Since the departure of Barzal due to a lower-body injury, Seattle is 3-7. Comparatively, its opponent Saturday is 8-2 since the return of star center Sam Reinhart.

1090 The Fan–11/30/2014

Thunderbirds rookie defenseman Sahvan Khaira (7) is knocked over by Chiefs forward Calder Brooks (20) as Lane Pederson (15) watches on. Spokane edged Seattle 2-1 Friday at the ShoWare Center. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Late Seattle Penalties Hand Spokane 2-1 Win

In an even first period where shots on goal were 12 apiece, consecutive tripping penalties called on the T-Birds with under six minutes to play led to a 5-on-3 power play for the Chiefs who quickly capitalized.

1090 The Fan–11/22/2014

Thunderbirds forward Keegan Kolesar (28) skates by Chiefs defenseman Matt Sozanski (21) in Friday's 2-1 loss to Spokane. Kolesar was named to the NHL November Watch List along with teammates Ryan Gropp, Mathew Barzal and Ethan Bear. All four are eligible for the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Kolesar, Gropp Among T-Birds Forwards On NHL Watch List

The NHL Central Scouting department released its November Watch List for 2015 Entry Draft eligible prospects who are displaying the skills that may warrant selection. In addition to center Mathew Barzal who was given an “A” grade, Seattle forwards Ryan Gropp and Keegan Kolesar were tagged with “B” grades. T-Birds defenseman Ethan Bear received a “C” grade.

1090 The Fan–11/22/2014

Thunderbirds forward Donovan Neuls (19) battles for the puck against a Red Deer defender in Seattle's most recent home game. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Thunderbirds Return Home Looking To Find Consistency

Seattle (9-10-2-1) returns home for six of its next seven games after a 2-4 road swing through the Eastern Conference. The trip started off well enough with a 6-2 win over Prince Albert, only to end with losses in four of the final five games.

11/21/2014

Thunderbirds forward Scott Eansor (8) fights for a loose puck with Red Deer defenseman Kayle Doetzel (8) as Keegan Kolesar (28) watches. The T-Birds edged Red Deer 3-2 in a shootout Tuesday. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Kozun, Hickman Lead Seattle To Shootout Win Over Red Deer

Kozun posted 37 saves and Justin Hickman scored both regulation goals as well as the lone shootout marker to lead the Thunderbirds to an important win as it heads on a 11-day, six-game road trip through the Eastern Conference.

11/05/2014

Thunderbirds goalie Taran Kozun (center) blocks the shot of Vancouver's Carter Popoff (42) in Saturday's game. The Giants won 1-0 with a late third period goal. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Giants’ Reserve Goalie Comes Up Large In Shutout Win Over Thunderbirds

In spite of 38 shots on goal, Seattle could not put a puck past Vancouver (7-8) goaltender Cody Porter in a 1-0 loss to a Giants squad that entered with a four-game losing streak. Vancouver’s Alec Baer scored the decisive goal, beating Taran Kozun at 12:46 of the third period.

1090 The Fan–11/01/2014

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